Halo – Royal Museums Greenwich Shop

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Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year is the largest international competition of its kind. Organised by the Royal Observatory Greenwich and sponsored by Insight Investment, the competition receives entries from photographers all around the world. It annually showcases the best space photography from a global community of astrophotographers.

This shows an almost-perfect, 22-degree halo around the Moon. It was taken just hours before the total lunar eclipse on 21 January. Sadly, the clouds you see in the background covered the whole eclipse. Maybe there is something in the old saying ‘when there are rings around the Moon, the following day will be stormy’. This time it certainly came true, but nevertheless perfect halos are also great to watch.

Bernt Olsen
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